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Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, accompanied by team of officials from various central agencies visited flood and landslide affected areas of Dimapur and Kohima districts on August 5.

The central team, comprising officials from National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and National Disaster Response Force, visited the affected areas and reviewed the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the state government and other central government agencies with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, home secretary, director general of police and other senior officers of the state administration.

After reaching Dimapur, state government officials briefed about the prevailing disaster situation in the state. Rijiju, along with Nagaland chief minister undertook aerial survey of flood and landslides affected areas of Dimapur and Kohima. After aerial survey, review meeting was held at Dimapur.

During the meeting, Rijiju expressed his satisfaction on the arrangements made by the state administration in managing the unprecedented situation due to recent floods and landslides incidents in the state and in providing basic amenities, including food, water and medical service etc. in the rescue and relief camps. He assured the state government that after receiving the memoranda, the inter-minister central team will visit the state within 10-15 days. He also assured the state government that the second instalment of SDRF will be released very soon, a government release stated.

The Nagaland chief minister thanked the Centre for prompt response and deploying Indian Air Force helicopters as well as NDRF teams for rescue and relief operation.

Briefing the media, Rijiju expressed concern over the damage caused to the crop and other infrastructure, especially roads, in the state. He also said that the Centre is very much concerned about the flood situation in the Nagaland and he assured that the central government will continue to provide all possible assistance to the state government to cope with the current situation.

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